Stress impacts soybean plant growth and yield
Much of our research focus on soybeans has centered on the benefits of properly timed foliar nutrition and new technology to manage weather stress. Seasonal weather events can have large impacts on canopy development, branching, crop water usage, flower abortion, pod fill, management of heat and final yield. With the large yield improvements due to genetics and resistance, the next big opportunity is to harness all that potential by helping the plant to cope with yield limiting stress.
“Seed fill stage is the most critical time during the soybean’s plant life cycle. Any kind of stress during this time can have significant impacts on crop yield. Taking the opportunity at R1-3 with a foliar technology can assist the plant in seed development during this critical stage and results in very high product returns.” Alexander Duffy, National Product Manager.
Timac Agro USA specializes in the creation of high efficiency fertilizer technologies. With over 60 years of research and development and our Global Innovation Center (CMI), we are uniquely positioned to solve real world problems. We would like to introduce you to our Fertileader technology platform. Fertileader seeks to work with the plant to address late season fertility and abiotic stresses. It combines the Seactiv complex with common nutrients to help with abiotic stresses, i.e. heat stress, drought stress and increase late season root growth.
Fertileader Results on Drought and Heat Stress
In a study conducted by a research organization in central Ohio, Fertileader Gold was applied at 1 qt/ac at R1 to help improve pod set and manage drought and heat stress during the summer. Several evaluations were conducted to test the products efficacy; including NDVI, canopy measurements as well as yield. The results demonstrated improvement in photosynthesis during heat and drought, improved canopy and 7 bu/ac yield increase over the control.
Late season intervention with the right technology, had big impacts on yields. Whether conditions are “ideal” or not, planning to overcome potential environmental challenges with technology can result in higher yields and better ROI.